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Czechs say Polish man released after being held in Syria since 2015

REUTERS - 32 min 44 sec ago
PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Polish man was released and handed to the Polish ambassador in Lebanon on Monday after being held by Syrian authorities since late 2015, the Czech presidential office said.

Merkel says populism won't solve world's problems

REUTERS - 49 min 14 sec ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that openness, not populism, polarization or isolation, was the answer to the world's challenges of globalization and digitalization.

U.S. military denies coordinating Syria air strikes with Russia

REUTERS - 1 hour 33 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Monday denied that it had coordinated air strikes with Russia in Syria, after Russia's defense ministry said the United States had provided coordinates for Islamic State militants.

France's Hollande says EU to talk trade with Pacific Alliance

REUTERS - 1 hour 42 min ago
BOGOTA (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that he would seek to bolster trade and investment with the Pacific Alliance trade bloc in joint negotiations with the European Union.

Egyptian state TV airs video of murdered Italian student Regeni

REUTERS - 1 hour 55 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian state television has aired footage of Italian student Giulio Regeni, who was found murdered in Cairo almost a year ago, speaking to the head of a Cairo street vendors' union who reported him to police a few weeks before his death.

U.S. says will prevent China taking over territory in international waters

REUTERS - 2 hours 51 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea.

Two Polish brothers jailed in Britain in modern slavery conviction

REUTERS - 3 hours 28 min ago
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two Polish brothers were jailed under Britain's modern slavery laws for six years each on Monday for stealing wages of around 18 other Poles they tricked with promises of work in the UK, prosecutors said.

Trump makes early move on restricting abortions around the world

REUTERS - 3 hours 40 min ago
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women's rights advocates.

UK workers making clothes for high street brands on paltry wages: TV investigation

REUTERS - 4 hours 25 min ago
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Workers in Britain making clothes for popular high street retailers like River Island and New Look are being paid less than half the minimum wage, an investigation by Britain's Channel 4 television has found.

Nigerian musician Femi Kuti urges stars, fans to focus on Boko Haram victims

REUTERS - 4 hours 35 min ago
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nigerian musician Femi Kuti on Monday urged his fellow celebrities and their fans to take to social media and pressure the government to do more to help millions of people struggling to survive in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria.

Romanian president considers referendum over government's justice plan

REUTERS - 4 hours 49 min ago
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday he could hold a referendum on the government's plans to decriminalize certain offences and to pardon convicts through decrees, moves critics say could harm efforts to stamp out high-level corruption.

Some Mosul residents face new fears after Islamic State rule

REUTERS - 4 hours 57 min ago
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Mohamed Mahmoud is relieved he no longer has to watch Islamic State militants hang corpses from electricity poles, now that Iraqi forces have cleared the group from his east Mosul district. But he still fears for his safety.

Syrian Kurdish YPG says not bound by Astana peace talks outcome

REUTERS - 4 hours 59 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Monday it would not be bound by any decision that comes out of peace talks under way in Kazakhstan as it was not involved in the meetings.

Mexico minister says immigration shared responsibility with U.S.

REUTERS - 5 hours 3 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The flow of foreigners crossing Mexico to reach the United States makes immigration a shared responsibility between the two countries, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Monday, days before he begins talks with U.S. President Donald Trump´s aides.

Putin allies propose easing penalty for domestic violence

REUTERS - 5 hours 4 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's allies have passed a preliminary draft bill in Russia's parliament that would ease some penalties for domestic violence, which supporters say would keep the state from meddling in the home but critics say would encourage abuse.

Trump and Sisi discussed fighting terrorism in phone call: statement

REUTERS - 5 hours 36 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed fighting terrorism and extremism with U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call, and Trump applauded Egypt's efforts on those fronts, Sisi's office said on Monday.

In Gambia, relief turns to anger at ex-leader's soft landing

REUTERS - 5 hours 45 min ago
BANJUL (Reuters) - Even before the cheers to celebrate the end of Yahya Jammeh's brutal 22-year rule of Gambia died down, there was fury that he was being allowed to flee into luxurious exile.

Dutch government mulls ban on international child adoption amid trafficking fears

REUTERS - 5 hours 59 min ago
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Dutch government is expected to vote on whether to ban international child adoption amid concerns over the danger of trafficking and laundering children, raising the possibility that other countries could follow suit, experts say.

France closes court case over murder of Kurdish militants

REUTERS - 6 hours 43 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - France has dropped all court proceedings over the 2013 murders of three Kurdish activists after the death of the main suspect, judicial sources said on Monday, despite street protests demanding that inquiries continue.

Venezuela's opposition seeks to revive anti-Maduro protests

REUTERS - 6 hours 45 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition parties on Monday launched a new round of protests aimed at forcing President Nicolas Maduro from power and ending 18 years of socialist rule, but they appeared to fall short of the massive demonstrations of the past.

No Muslims, no single women: housing bias turning Indian cities into ghettos

REUTERS - 6 hours 51 min ago
MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, an Indian real estate company ran an advertisement with the slogan 'Homes that don't discriminate', calling for an end to prejudice in India's housing market based on gender, religion or caste.

Notes of caution surround U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

REUTERS - 7 hours 3 min ago
JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump's team spoke often about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But since taking office, the contentious issue has become more nuanced and may already be moving to the backburner.

Taliban tells new U.S. President Trump to quit Afghanistan

REUTERS - 7 hours 10 min ago
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban has called on President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. forces from the "quagmire" of Afghanistan, saying that nothing has been achieved in 15 years of war except bloodshed and destruction.

Three detained in Sweden on suspicion of broadcasting rape on Facebook

REUTERS - 7 hours 29 min ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Three men have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of raping a woman in an assault that was broadcast live on Facebook, police said.

Iraqi forces take complete control of eastern Mosul: Defense Ministry

REUTERS - 7 hours 31 min ago
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have taken complete control of the eastern side of Mosul, dislodging Islamic State militants from the last pocket they held east of Tigris river, the defense ministry said on Monday.

Swiss asylum requests plunge 31 percent in 2016

REUTERS - 7 hours 58 min ago
ZURICH (Reuters) - Requests for asylum in Switzerland plunged by nearly a third to around 27,200 last year after authorities closed the Balkan land route used by thousands to flee hot spots in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the SEM migration agency said on Monday.

Ban lifted on Indian bull-taming events to end mass protests

REUTERS - 8 hours 19 min ago
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Lawmakers in India's Tamil Nadu state passed an emergency order on Monday allowing bull-taming festivals to resume after a court ban on the traditional events led to mass protests.

Japanese government panel leans to one-off law for emperor's abdication

REUTERS - 8 hours 26 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government panel suggested on Monday that a one-off law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate was the preferable way to let the octogenarian monarch step down, rather than revising the Imperial House Law to also let future emperors retire.

Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran

REUTERS - 8 hours 42 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump's short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East.

France's Fillon says Russia sanctions pointless, dialogue needed

REUTERS - 9 hours 13 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - European Union sanctions on Russia are pointless, the frontrunner in France's presidential election Francois Fillon said on Monday during a visit to Berlin, warning of a risk that Russia and the United States forge links that exclude the EU.

Iraq PM orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle

REUTERS - 10 hours 5 sec ago
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of Iraq's security forces and a Shi'ite paramilitary group had kidnapped and abused civilians in the campaign to take back Mosul from Islamic State.

Philippines tells outsiders not to use ASEAN as 'proxy' for rivalry

REUTERS - 10 hours 8 min ago
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Philippines told countries outside Southeast Asia on Monday not to use the region as "a proxy for their rivalry" as it wanted to preserve unity and establish a mechanism to resolve disputes in the South China Sea.

UK's Supreme Court to rule if May can start Brexit without parliament

REUTERS - 10 hours 49 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will learn on Tuesday whether parliament must agree to the triggering of Britain's exit from the European Union, potentially giving lawmakers who oppose her plans a chance to amend or hinder her Brexit vision.

Germany's AfD plans to discipline state leader after controversial speech

REUTERS - 10 hours 53 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) will discipline one of its state leaders over remarks he made criticizing Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, the party's co-leader said on Monday.

Gulf-backed Yemeni forces push into Red Sea coast city: officials

REUTERS - 11 hours 3 min ago
ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemeni army forces backed by Gulf Arabs fought their way into the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha on Monday, military officials said, pushing out Iran-allied Houthi militia.

Congo's Catholic church warns Kabila deal risks falling apart

REUTERS - 11 hours 15 min ago
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A deal struck last month requiring Congo President Joseph Kabila to step down after elections this year risks unraveling if politicians do not quickly reach compromises on implementing the accord, Catholic bishops mediating the talks said on Monday.

French presidential candidate Fillon to meet Merkel in Berlin

REUTERS - 11 hours 28 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - Former French prime minister Francois Fillon will seek some support from fellow conservative Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday in the most unpredictable presidential election in decades.

Uganda says returns detained former Congo rebels to military camp

REUTERS - 11 hours 30 min ago
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda said on Monday it had returned dozens of former combatants of a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group to a military camp after they tried to sneak back to their own country in disguise last week.

Fate of Turkish troops who fled to Greece to be decided this week

REUTERS - 11 hours 36 min ago
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on Thursday on whether or not to extradite eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter after a failed military coup in July, the Athens News Agency reported.

Indonesia police question cleric over lecture on communist symbols

REUTERS - 11 hours 39 min ago
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Monday questioned a hardline Muslim cleric over a hate speech complaint by a civil group following a lecture in which he said new banknotes carried the communist hammer-and-sickle symbol.

Commander in Cameroon's fight with Boko Haram dies in helicopter crash

REUTERS - 11 hours 52 min ago
DOUALA, Cameroon (Reuters) - A top general in charge of Cameroon's fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram died in an accidental helicopter crash on a patrol mission, the government said on Monday.

Hardline party on front line of Venezuelan political war

REUTERS - 11 hours 54 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - Visitors to the headquarters of Venezuela's Popular Will party are greeted by large photos of global political heroes from Nelson Mandela to Mahatma Gandhi.

Nine Indonesians dead, 29 missing after boat capsizes off Malaysia

REUTERS - 12 hours 9 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A boat ferrying 40 people from Indonesia capsized off Malaysia's coast on Monday and at least nine people were killed and nearly 30 were missing, the latest accident involving migrant workers in overloaded boats.

New Mauritius PM takes over from father, opponents cries foul

REUTERS - 12 hours 33 min ago
PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The son of the outgoing Mauritius prime minister was appointed as the new premier on Monday, prompting accusations of nepotism and calls for a referendum from opponents.

Italy reviews new electoral law as old problems pile up

REUTERS - 12 hours 35 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - After a turbulent first month in office, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni could learn this week how much longer his government might last when the constitutional court reviews the validity of Italy's election law.

Kremlin says expects to agree date for Trump-Putin phone call soon

REUTERS - 12 hours 54 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday it expected to soon agree a date for the first phone call between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, but that it had no information for now about when the two men might hold their first meeting.

Syrian child refugees struggle to get an education: U.N.

REUTERS - 13 hours 11 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are struggling to get an education and many are being pushed into work or early marriage instead, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Monday.

Police charge driver in Australia rampage with five counts of murder

REUTERS - 13 hours 29 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man who authorities say drove into a crowd of pedestrians, killing five and injuring more than 20 in the center of Melbourne, has been charged with five counts of murder, Australian police said on Monday.

Diplomat says China would assume world leadership if needed

REUTERS - 13 hours 30 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America first" in his first speech.

German police arrest man on suspicion of planning attack

REUTERS - 14 hours 13 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police said on Sunday they arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of planning a militant attack, and linked his case to that of a second suspect in Vienna.

Australia police probe firearms death during making of hip hop video

REUTERS - 14 hours 33 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police are investigating the death of an actor who suffered chest wounds from firearms used on the set of a music video on Monday, as media said the man was accidentally shot.

France's Valls urges big second round turnout as presidential bid stumbles

REUTERS - 14 hours 43 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called on Monday for a big turnout in the second round of the Socialist primaries after a first round vote made left-wing rival Benoit Hamon frontrunner to represent the party in this year's presidential election.

Turkey dismisses deputy head of TMSF state fund in latest post-coup decrees

REUTERS - 14 hours 52 min ago
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has dismissed a deputy head of the state fund which runs seized companies and shut down two local television stations in the latest decrees issued on Monday under emergency rule, imposed in the wake of last July's failed coup.

China urges Trump administration to fully grasp importance of 'one China'

REUTERS - 15 hours 5 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration must fully understand the importance of the "one China" policy, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday.

South Korean ministry apologizes for 'blacklist' of artists

REUTERS - 15 hours 31 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's culture ministry apologized on Monday for a blacklist of artists which excluded them from government support, admitting there was a systematic effort to sideline critics of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye.

Turkish military says killed 65 Islamic State militants in Syria

REUTERS - 16 hours 29 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - Sixty-five Islamic State militants were killed in operations by the Turkish army in support of rebels in northern Syria on Sunday, the Turkish military said on Monday.

Canada's Trudeau, ministers to discuss Trump plans for NAFTA

REUTERS - 16 hours 40 min ago
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will begin a two-day retreat with his cabinet on Monday, focused mainly on the best approach to take with new U.S. President Donald Trump, whose vow to renegotiate NAFTA could damage Canada's economy.

Syrian opposition will only discuss ceasefire at Kazakhstan peace talks: spokesman

REUTERS - 17 hours 11 min ago
-nASTANA (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition delegation attending peace talks set to open in the Kazakh capital on Monday will only discuss ways to salvage a fragile Russian-Turkish ceasefire it sees as having been mainly violated by Iranian-backed militias in Syria.

Direct Syrian talks yet to be agreed in Astana

REUTERS - 17 hours 45 min ago
ASTANA (Reuters) - Parties to the Syrian peace talks in Astana have yet to agree on face-to-face meetings between the delegations of the Damascus government and rebel groups, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko said on Monday.

Malaysian transport minister to meet with MH370 families in Perth

REUTERS - 18 hours 41 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Malaysia's transport minister said he will meet relatives of passengers from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth on Monday, after being lobbied by a group representing families of those lost when the plane vanished in 2014.

China jails two former officials, who fled abroad, for corruption

REUTERS - 19 hours 28 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese courts have jailed two former officials for corruption who had fled abroad to try and avoid justice, the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog said on Monday.

North Korea nuclear threat means South must not delay anti-missile system

REUTERS - 20 hours 17 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Monday the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system can not be delayed in the face of a growing North Korean nuclear missile threat and despite Chinese hostility to the move.

Rare shooting by Chinese official acting out of revenge say police

REUTERS - 20 hours 19 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - A rare shooting rampage in China's southwest Sichuan province was carried out by a revengeful and panicked official who was under investigation, state media said.

Residents evacuated, airport closed and power cut off in Tahiti flooding

REUTERS - 20 hours 26 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Heavy flooding in French Polynesia has forced many residents to evacuate, cut off power to thousands of homes, and closed Tahiti's international airport.

China's Xi to head new commission for military-civilian development

REUTERS - 20 hours 42 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will head a new commission overseeing joint military and civilian development, state media said, as the country continues with an ambitious military modernization program.

Mexico president speaks with Canada's Trudeau ahead of Trump talks

REUTERS - 21 hours 7 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed in a phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday to join forces to encourage economic integration in North America, according to a statement from Peña Nieto's office.

Four more bodies found in rubble of collapsed building in Iran

REUTERS - 21 hours 15 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian rescuers have recovered four bodies from the rubble of a high-rise building in Tehran that collapsed last week after a fire, bringing the death toll to at least seven, with more than 20 people still missing, state television reported on Monday.

Mexico mass grave contains remains of 56 people: statement

REUTERS - 21 hours 32 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A mass grave discovered in northern Mexico almost a year ago contains the remains of 56 people, a state attorney general's office said on Sunday.

China claims success from 'two-child' policy as 2016 birth rates rise

REUTERS - 21 hours 57 min ago
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's decision to allow all couples to have two children instead of one has resulted in birth rates rising to the highest level since 2000, a government official said.

Syria's warring sides gather for new attempt to break deadlock

REUTERS - 22 hours 28 min ago
ASTANA (Reuters) - Syria's warring sides meet in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others have repeatedly failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict.

Netanyahu says Trump invites him to Washington in February

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 22:32
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump had invited him to a meeting in Washington in February.

Policeman wounded in Northern Ireland shooting

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:39
BELFAST (Reuters) - A policeman was wounded in a shooting at a petrol station in north Belfast on Sunday evening, the police service of Northern Ireland said in a Twitter post.

Trump says call with Israel's Netanyahu was 'very nice'

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said his phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday was "very nice."

Rebel Socialist Hamon seen winning French primary first round: partial results

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:00
PARIS (Reuters) - Benoit Hamon, a former Socialist education minister on the left of the party, led in the first round of a primary to pick a Socialist presidential candidate on Sunday, with more moderate ex-prime minister Manuel Valls in second place, partial results showed.

Trump says will begin renegotiating NAFTA pact soon with Mexico, Canada

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 20:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he plans talks soon with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Thousands join anti-government protests in Romania over proposed law reforms

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 19:56
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians rallied in Bucharest and cities across the country on Sunday to protest against government plans to decriminalize some offences and pardon some convicted prisoners through emergency decrees that critics say threaten to undermine a crackdown on high-level graft.

British-Iranian aid worker's five-year jail term upheld in Iran

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:33
DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian appeals court has confirmed a five-year jail sentence for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security charges, Iran's judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.

Egypt to allow Italian experts to examine CCTV footage in Regeni murder investigation

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:32
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor agreed on Sunday to allow experts from Italy and a German company that specializes in salvaging CCTV footage to examine cameras in Cairo as part of the investigation into last year's murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni.

Hungarian and Italian authorities begin investigations into deadly bus accident

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 16:51
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Authorities in Italy and Hungary have begun investigations into the cause of the bus crash near Verona around midnight on Friday, which left 16 dead and two people with life threatening injuries.

Philippines' Duterte stands by his police chief amid resignation calls

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 16:18
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stood by his police chief after calls for him to resign over the alleged killing of a South Korean businessman by police officers at the national police headquarters.

Germany must prepare for turbulent times under Trump: foreign minister

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 16:05
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must brace itself for turbulent times under U.S. President Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday, adding that free trade and trans-Atlantic cooperation to fight extremism and terrorism were key for Berlin.

Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 15:40
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's National Defence Council on Sunday extended the military's participation in a Saudi-led operation in Yemen, the presidency said in a statement. It did not specify how long the extension would be for.

People missing from avalanche-hit hotel in Italy rise to 24

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 15:28
PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - Twenty-four people are missing from the wreckage of a hotel in central Italy that was flattened by a deadly avalanche, with difficult research and rescue operations still ongoing, authorities said on Sunday.

Brazilian authorities build temporary wall to quell deadly prison clashes

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 15:25
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian security officials worked to complete an improvised wall of metal shipping containers on Sunday inside a prison where rival gangs have clashed in the past week, resulting in the brutal killing of 26 inmates.

Syrian rebels call on Russia to help defend ceasefire

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 15:23
ASTANA (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel group called on Russia to withstand pressure from Iran and the Syrian government to help ensure that a ceasefire agreed last month holds, the head of a delegation at peace talks told Reuters on Sunday.

Two suspected al Qaeda members killed in drone strike in Yemen: officials

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 13:40
SANAA (Reuters) - Two suspected members of al Qaeda's Yemen branch were killed on Sunday by what local officials believed was a U.S. drone strike.

No immunity deal agreed for Gambia's Jammeh, Senegal minister says

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 13:39
DAKAR/BANJUL (Reuters) - West African leaders did not agree to immunity for Yahya Jammeh during negotiations that convinced Gambia's longtime ruler to flee into exile, Senegal's foreign minister said on Sunday.

Indonesian authorities detain 17 nationals returning from Syria

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 12:54
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities have detained 17 nationals returning from Syria, including children, suspected of being involved in radical activity, officials told Reuters on Sunday.

Islamic State blows up hotel to prevent landing in west Mosul, witnesses say

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 12:34
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State detonated explosives in the largest hotel in western Mosul on Friday, in an attempt to destroy it and prevent Iraqi forces from using it as a landing spot or base in their offensive to capture the city, witnesses said on Sunday.

Turkish police capture suspect in Istanbul rocket attacks: police sources

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 12:03
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities captured a man believed to be among those responsible for rocket attacks on the Istanbul police headquarters and the offices of the ruling AK Party on Friday evening, police sources said on Sunday.

Russia should not think sanctions will be lifted soon: PM

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 11:58
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia should part with the illusion that Western sanctions against the country will be lifted soon, Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday.

Germany's Schaeuble tells Britain to look to Swiss for Brexit ideas

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 11:50
VIENNA (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Britain should take a leaf out of Switzerland's book on how to handle relations with the European Union, according to Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung (NZZ) on Sunday.

Thousands protest outside Taiwan Presidential Office over pension reform plan

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 11:20
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants protested a plan to reform Taiwan's pension system outside of the Presidential Office in Taipei on Sunday, as a national conference to discuss reform was held in the Office.

UK PM May: I will tell Trump when I find something unacceptable

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 11:16
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would not be afraid to tell U.S. President Donald Trump when she finds something he has said unacceptable.

Israel's Netanyahu to speak with Trump on Sunday, Iran on agenda

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 11:06
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would later in the day hold his first conversation with Donald Trump since his inauguration as U.S. president.

Israel municipality approves hundreds of settlement homes in east Jerusalem

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 10:35
(Reuters), JERUSALEM, - The Jerusalem municipality approved building permits for more than 560 housing units in three East Jerusalem settlements on Sunday, two days after President Donald Trump took office in the United States.

Syrian army and allies take village from Islamic State

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 10:27
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies on Sunday drove Islamic State from the village of Soran, east of Aleppo, state media and a military media unit run by Hezbollah reported, bringing them closer to territory held by Turkey-backed rebels.

Philippine officials to visit Beijing to discuss investment deals, ASEAN summit

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 10:12
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is sending a cabinet-level delegation to Beijing this week to meet with China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and other top Chinese officials to discuss investment deals and his country's chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year.

Pope Francis says 'wait and see' on Trump

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 08:08
MADRID (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday said he would not make an opinion of Donald Trump until he first had a chance to see specific policies the new U.S. president would implement.

Playing politics? Chinese tourism under scrutiny as Lunar New Year nears

REUTERS - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:20
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - With 6 million Chinese tourists expected to travel abroad over the Lunar New Year break, China's Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 holiday is crucial for Taiwan tour agency operator Li Chi-yueh, who relies on mainland visitors for a third of his revenue.

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